Welcome to our blog on topics & tips for book production, design and indie publishing.

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Fine Edition Spotlight: Bahador | Life & Paintings


Printer’s Terminology Explained: What Is “Bleed”

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Ideas on funding your book publishing project


Book Design: Word vs. Adobe Indesign




The Uncanny Covers…. a spotlight interview with Ian Chalgren




What you need to know about ISBN, Copyright and Library of Congress


Self Publishing: Determining Your Audience and Purpose


Self Publishing with Marathon Press: An Overview of the Production Process


Self Publishing with Marathon Press: Setting up document for interior pages


What your Book Printer Wished You Knew! Interview with Monique Renee of Silver Paw Studio



Self publishing with Marathon: Book Basics


Self Publishing with Marathon Press: Introduction


Special edition Spotlight Interview with Dylan W. Kubis




Special Edition Spotlight Interview: Capturing Moments by Eric Albright


Wire-0 vs Spiral Binding….


Phil Ponder Book wins an Ippy Award!



Click Here to Check out some examples of Foil Stamping!


Custom Book Printing Supply Chain/Scheduling Update April 2022


Lynx is replacing Accent Text as as our standard option for uncoated text!

June 23, 2021

Spotlight Interview with Francis Rourke, author of A We Thing

June 19,2021

Introducing the Nebraska Scenics Mini Desk Calendar!

May 7, 2021

Get Noticed!

See examples of new finishing techniques available at Marathon



May 6, 2021

Marathon installs KM 1 inkjet UV press and MGI digital enhancement



April 26, 2021

The Art of Storytelling: The key to book marketing!


April 20, 2021

PUR Binding vs Smyth Sewn Binding | side by side comparison

Feb 2, 2021


Dust Jacket Design Tips

Jan 23, 2021

What Are Head & Tail Bands?



Jan 19, 2021

Here’s Some Tips on Setting appropriate margins on standard book sizes !



Oct 12, 2020

Add new dimension to your Cover design: Techniques for Spot UV and Raised UV


Sept 12, 2020

Spotlight Interview with Matt Steinhausen, author and photographer of The Least Interesting Place


May 13, 2020

The Last Galactus Story, a special edition from Single Bound Studios


May 1, 2020


Getting Published or Self Publishing? Check out the latest blog for artists, photographers and creatives who are considering their own book project.



March 23, 2020

Dear Valued Business Partner,

When we set out plans for this website, with the idea of regular Blog updates for tips, and promotions, none of us had any idea that the very first post would need to be of such serious importance.

Marathon is proud to partner with our customers to provide top quality products. Thank you for your continued business for over 40 years, your loyalty is appreciated. Keeping our customers’ best interest in mind along with the safety of our employees, Marathon has re-trained and implemented additional precautionary steps recommended by the CDC and the WHO to help reduce and eliminate the spread of COVID-19. Fortunately, there have been no cases within our company and our community in Norfolk has not been directly affected at this time.

We will remain open with regular business hours. Should there be a change in operational hours, we will contact you immediately. Your understanding of any scheduling delays that may occur due to COVID-19 are greatly appreciated.

Please take care and stay healthy.


The entire team at Marathon Press